TAKE A LONG leisurely walk along Penang’s beaches. What do you see? Iterations of clustered seashells dotting their lengths perhaps, but among them as well are pieces of plastic and trash. These are ubiquitous and contribute to a much larger problem: marine debris, or solid materials of human origin that are discarded at sea, or that reach the sea through waterways or as domestic and industrial outfalls1.
Put plainly, marine debris poisons sea life, often through accidental ingestion of plastic pieces. While floating debris and fishing nets entangle and ensnare aquatic life, much more worrying, however, is the presence of microplastics. ...
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